Making Fresno Business Friendly Becomes a Hostile Battle

It’s safe to say Mayor Lee Brand won’t invite Councilman Garry Bredefeld to his Super Bowl party. And vice versa. Last week, the two Fresno political leaders engaged in verbal battles in print and on the radio. The main source of friction was their dueling ...

Business-Friendly Fresno Is a Must. Not An Option

Opinion by Bill McEwen There is spin. There is illusionary anecdotal information. And there are the unvarnished numbers. The unvarnished numbers say that Fresno is the eighth-worst city in America (out of 182) to look for a job. WalletH...
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Bumper Sticker Solutions Sound Good But Rarely Work

Opinion By Bill McEwen I feel Steve Brandau's pain. The Fresno city councilman has sticker shock over the cost of a proposed Blackstone Avenue affordable housing project. Upon doing the math, Brandau announced to the world that the per-unit cost ...

Politics 101: Bredefeld, Baines and the Clerk

There have been interesting developments, first noted by CV Observer’s George Hostetter, about Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence taking offense to Councilman Garry Bredefeld’s NFL rant Sept. 28. Both Bredefeld’s ...

Baines Answers Bredefeld With Comments on Race, #TakeAKnee

Fresno-native and Pittsburgh Steelers player Robert Golden delivered these comments via video: When Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld shared his thoughts on the NFL player’s protest of the National Anthem, his colleague Oliver Baines was on officia...